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How can I stop a cold sore?

How can I stop a cold sore?

Options: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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How can I stop a cold sore from coming up overnight?

How can I stop a cold sore from coming up overnight?

Probably not stop..: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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Will zinc stop a cold sore?

Will zinc stop a cold sore?

No...: Zinc might help get rid of common cold/flu symptoms but has no beneficial effect in the treatment or prevention of a cold sore commonly caused by herpes simplex type 1. ...Read more

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Will amoxicillan stop a cold sore?

No help for virus: Cold sores, usually caused by a variety of viruses (most famous among which is the dreaded herpes simplex virus) are unaffected by antibiotics which are designed in the lab to attack the bacterium. Since viruses are not actually cells themselves and instead insert themselves into your body's cells, antibiotics are useless. You should get either a swab or a blood test to determine if indeed hsv. ...Read more

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How can you stop a cold sore from getting bigger?

How can you stop a cold sore from getting bigger?

See dentist early: S/he can use laser eneregy to halt progression of the lesion if caught in the prodromal ("wormy" or "chapped feeling") stage of the lesion. Some medications work, but the best thing to do is not touch/aggravate the lesion. Active lesions are highly contagious. ...Read more

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How to take care of big cold sore?

How to take care of big cold sore?

Laser treatment: The best way is laser treatment if the sore just developed. If the sore is beginning to scab just keep the area moist to prevent the scab from bleeding and cracking. ...Read more

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How can I stop my cold sore. Help!?

Herpes: Three are there common prescription medications to treat herpes. I often, in my patients who have common or frequent outbreaks, put them on medication to suppress outbreaks. Most physicians can manage this for you very easily. ...Read more

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How can I stop this upcoming cold sore?

Cold sores: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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How should you make a cold sore stop hurting?

How should you make a cold sore stop hurting?

Options: Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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Are most first time cold sore outbreaks usually big?

Are most first time cold sore outbreaks usually big?

No: No not necessarily but it could be. It might start as an outbreak or just a small lesion. ...Read more

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How could i get rid of a big cold sore?

Options: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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I think i'm getting a cold sore, can someone help me stop it?

Maybe: If this is the first time it is more responsive to some of the anti viral medications. If this is a reocurrence of a cold sore it is more resistant to treatment. I would call your doctor because the medicine is prescription. Either way it still will likely take several days to a week. But it still can reocurr. ...Read more

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What could I do to cure a cold sore that is big and i got today?

Ice/ valtrex (valacyclovir): Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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What are good home remediescan i put on my cold sore to stop it itching?

What are good home remediescan i put on my cold sore to stop it itching?

Lemon balm/ ice: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. Try ice as well. ...Read more

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I am getting a cold sore. What can I put on it to stop it from growing and getting worse?

Zovirax (acyclovir) Cream: You will need a prescription from your md or your dentist though. Over the counter treatments lessen the symptoms but do not decrease the length of time for healing. ...Read more

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Which is the quickest known way of getting rid of a big cold sore!?

Which is the quickest known way of getting rid of a big cold sore!?

Valtrex (valacyclovir): Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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Could a raw food / juicing diet stop frequent cold sore outbreaks?

It could be one: Factor to assist with reducing cold sores. Juicing fresh organic vegetables with fruits can be incredibly healthy. In addition wash hands often. Maintain a healthful lifestyle (regular exercise, adequate sleep, keeping stress at bay). Keep lips well moisturized ; apply sun screen to the areas that your cold sores normally pop up. Talk with your physician about supplementing with lysine. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a raw food / juicing diet to stop frequent cold sore outbreaks?

Is it possible for a raw food / juicing diet to stop frequent cold sore outbreaks?

NO: DO not be a sucker for their hype. You do not need a juice machine to benefit from fruits or vegetables. There are prescription pills which are very effective for herpes. No other treatments are worth consideration. No food has any effect on herpes. Use sun protection on your lips and face. You can get acyclovir or valacyclovir pills . Very safe, very easy, very effective. ...Read more

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My cold sore is spreading? Help! I have a cold sore and i tried to cover it by bitting it then i woke up the morning and I have a big bump next to it.

Soap and water: Unfortunately you need to let it take it's course. You should talk to your doctor about getting Valtrex (valacyclovir) for the next outbreak. ...Read more

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I think i high five someone with a cold sore, and i feel like i got the symptom listed online, it would itch or burn and then stop. does mean i haveit?

I think i high five someone with a cold sore, and i feel like i got the symptom listed online, it would itch or burn and then stop. does mean i haveit?

Seeing is believing: If a MD sees the lesion a diagnosis can be made. Otherwise, it is difficult if not impossible to say with certainty. ...Read more

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Ok I have big cold sore on my bottom lips and it has only been four days since is appeared. I've been applying carmax on it religusly. White color nor?

Ok I have big cold sore on my bottom lips and it has only been four days since is appeared. I've been applying carmax on it religusly. White color nor?

Stay the course: Sores on the lips, the border of the mouth, and inside the mouth will turn white on the edges. The tissue lining the edge will eventually slough off. Do not pick or pull at the edges to hurry it along. You are doing well to keep it protected. Avoid hot liquids or spicy foods. This too will pass. ...Read more

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How do I stop my cold sore from peeling? When a cold sore peels is it supposed to bleed?

How do I stop my cold sore from peeling?   When a cold sore peels is it supposed to bleed?

You can lubricate: You can use vaseline or Aquaphor or chapstick. It will heal in a week or so. If you get these, you can take a pill at the first tingling (prodrome) which will make it less severe and heal sooner. Valacyclovir and acyclovir are used for this. Medicines applied to the sores are not worth much, in spite of their claims. A prescription needs to be filled in anticipation of the next attack because it m ...Read more

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My mother said that I got a cold sore (otherwise known as herpes) from my gf and need to stop?

My mother said that I got a cold sore (otherwise known as herpes) from my gf and need to stop?

Too late...: If you have already been infected with oral herpes...It's too late. It's a form of the herpes virus you get and carry with you the rest of your life. It will recur as painful ulcerating lesions throughout life. Sorry....But actually the majority of people have the oral version of herpes. ...Read more